Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Introducing My New ZenFolio!!

This is a project that I have been working on for a couple of weeks and I am so excited to finally share it with you all!!

I am an avid cardmaker and scrapbooker and now a Zentangle artist.  I am consistently working on combining my passion for paper construction with beautiful materials to showcase Zentangle.  This project combines "mini-scrapbook" style construction with a little bit of designer paper and lots of Tangling.

I made a ZenFolio for myself to take my Zentangle supplies with me on my weekly trips up and down Vancouver Island.  I can also use this great ZenFolio to show my Tangling to prospective students and venues for classes.  Tada!!!

I know, it doesn't look like much yet, but I am planning to Tangle all over the cover with Sakura white gel pen and Metalic gel pens. Wait until you see what's inside........

Oh wait, I can't show you the inside until we talk about the construction and the closure.  I found this amazing antique lock closure at a scrapbook store in a little box full of bits of this and that.  I wish I could tell you who makes it but it did not come in a bag with an identifying label.  If anyone knows please leave a comment and I will gladly give credit.

While I did come up with the general idea of my ZenFolio I also had lots of help from a very special designer - Kathy Orta from Paper Phenomenon.  I used her Contessa and Foto Folios as a guide in determining what sections I wanted in my personal folio.  I also used Kraft-Tex as the very sturdy spine between each section of the folio.

When the ZenFolio is first opened I have a sturdy (chipboard reinforced) clipboard to provide a solid surface Tangling.  On the right I have a box with a magnet closure to hold my pens.  Below the pens are little boxes, just the right size to hold regular Tiles and Zendalas.

The one designer paper you can see throughout the project is from Graphic 45 Mother Goose collection.  I wanted to add a few bits of dp along with my Tangling to help draw the two mediums together.

But wait, there is more.....
Open the folio to the next step and reveal a section for showing off completed Tiles.  There are four flaps that run the length of the page and hold up to 6 tiles each.

The flaps fold back and forth to show off both sides of what the flap is holding.

Finally, the last section has two large pockets to hold larger items like my copy of and extra watercolor paper for ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) work.

Underneath it all is a hidden surprise!  This is a piece I did for my original Zentangle blog - Just Tangling Along which I have now folded into Crafting Passions.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed my special project for today.  I'll post pictures of the front and back cover of the ZenFolio when I finish all the Tangling.

Have a great day!!!


Nancy Roth said...


CharKat said...

Very Cool. Well done.

Unknown said...

Outstanding. I also tangle so I am eager to use your idea. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

VEry Very Cool!!

Sue said...

WOW! This is stunning Nancy, a really wonderful design.
Sue xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Wow, amazing, wonderful I could go on and on. You've done it again Nancy, I love this wonderful project and your lovely zentangling, the lock is amazing what a super find.

Sue xx

coldwaters2 said...

My jaw has dropped to the floor once again Nancy, lol, I am totally blown away, if I repeat myself please forgive me, this is awesome, I am just totally in awe of your creativity, I look at these pictures in pure amazement your work is outstanding and I really love looking at you 'Tangle' art. Stupendous work
lorraine x

Barb Round, CZT said...

Once again - - you are amazingly talented and inventive.
(Now will you make one for me?)
(pretty please)


so pretty! keep sharing!
FOLLOWING you now, visit my page & enjoy crafting :)
Have a good day!

Glenda Atkins said...

You are such an artist, love the things you create! Nifty lock but have no idea from whence it came:O)!! Love the zentangling too!

Cindy said...

I love that you used the clipboard element. Did you have to adjust the spine width for it? I am in the process of gathering what I need to make the Contessa and wanted to make some adjustments also. I love what you have done. Incredible and beautiful! I hope to see pictures after you have completed all your decoration of it.